Paul Bettencourt is the Chief Executive Officer of Bettencourt Tax Advisors, LLC which was formed in 2009 to bring Paul’s years of public service and knowledge of property taxes, as well as his years of business experience to the private sector. His company has allowed Paul to continue the fight to lower property taxes for Commercial and Residential customers in Houston and throughout Texas.
He is known by many as “The Taxman” for the ten years he spent leading the Harris County Tax Office as the elected Tax Assessor-Collector in the nation’s third largest county, as well as his knowledgeable presence as a conservative activist and radio and television personality who continues to champion lower taxes and fiscal responsibility in the public sector.
As the Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector, Paul managed nearly 500 employees who provided property tax services to millions of local residents in Harris County and collected 5 Billion dollars a year for 65 local taxing jurisdictions, the county and the State of Texas. Through Paul’s leadership at the Tax Office, his team developed a Customer Service driven organization which started with an extensive Web Site that included on-line tax bills, and then the first On-Line Automotive registration and Property Tax Payment System in Texas. The Harris County Tax Office became the first County Tax Office in Texas to bring automation in all areas of Tax Office operations by replacing all of its core business systems in Property Tax Collection, Automotive Registration, and Voter Registration with a 21st Century State of the Art Systems which quickly became industry standards. Because of his vision and implementation of Technology, “Smart Government” policies, and Best Business Practices, the Tax Office was able to increase the number of Taxing Jurisdictions it served from 44 to 65 during his tenure. He did all this while maintaining his yearly 25 Million dollar operating budget flat over his decade long term of service.
Paul Bettencourt has also held the offices of Republican Party of Texas Treasurer, Harris County Republican Party Vice Chair and Treasurer, National Republican Party Delegate from Texas in 2000, 2004, 2008, and Presidential Elector in 2012. Paul has received many recognitions of his statewide effort to reduce property tax increases for all Texas Taxpayers.
Americans for Prosperity: Defender of the American Dream Award, Taxpayer of Advocate of the Year, 2009
Harris County Republican Party: Republican Pioneer Award, 2009
San Jacinto Republican Women: Star Tax Collector, For Your Outstanding Service in TAX CAPS, 2005
Houston Area Pastor Council: 2004 Faithful Citizenship Award
South Central YMCA: 2003 Award, Distinguished Leadership and Service to the Community
Vision America: 2000 Heroes of Faith Award
Harris County Republican Party: Political Courage Award, 2000
Harris County Republican Party: Distinguished Service Award, 1999
Paul’s career prior to taking public office included providing consulting services for clients in Industry and Government sectors; serving as V.P. of Sales and Director of Sales and Marketing for the Industrial Systems’ Chemical, Oil and Gas Division of a large multinational firm where he oversaw an annual sales budget of $100 million; and managed national accounts in the robotics industry both nationwide and abroad.
Paul earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A & M University’s College of Engineering in Industrial Distribution. He and his wife Susan have two children, Henry and Christina. The Bettencourt’s make their home in Houston, where they are active members of Saint John Vianney Catholic Church.